The practical katana is exactly as advertised: a simple cutter. It is able to get through mats and similar materials in tameshigiri practice without trouble, but the blade does seem a bit more fragile than higher-priced swords. The inauthentic materials do look a bit cheesy, and it isn't all that much to look at, but it will cut! My classmate managed to chip the blade of his when he hit the bottom of the mat stand, so be careful if you buy this sword.
Reviewed by: Adam from Hawaii.